We had the good fortune of connecting with Tanesha ‘Ms. Tee’ Morrison and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tanesha ‘Ms. Tee’, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success and the success of my brand (The EmPOWERHer Experience) would have to be building community, being a resource for the those uninformed/underserved, encouraging sisterhood when it is sometimes frowned upon, believing in other women’s potential even when they sometimes don’t believe in it themselves, aiding women to break generational curses, uproot trauma and dig deeper to become the best, most transparent and authentic version of themselves. I have a very unorthodox approach to coaching and consulting and I know this to be the reason behind the longevity of my brands success of going on 5 years in the inner-city community of Los Angeles. I help women rise from the trenches personally and professionally and I’m unapologetic about it. I pride myself on being a self-care pusher because you must first help yourself before you can truly help the world.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am proud to say I am a serial entrepreneur. When I started out I was the Co-founder and CEO of a Non-profit organization with my youngest sister where we serviced the homeless community of Los Angeles. Our organization was in operation for about 5 years before we dissolved and started our separate companies. In 2016, I founded T. Welch Enterprises (rebranded in 2018 to The EmPOWERHer Experience – T.E.E) where my main focus was to empower women by way of women empowerment groups/sisterhood circles, events and retreats. I later began using my 10 years of professional experience and added business consulting. In 2019, I became certified as a Success and Life Coach, as well as a Travel Agent to enhance my skillset to work with my clients in uprooting the “stuff” that’s keeping them stuck, as well as afford our community the opportunity to travel the world on a budget. I got here (approaching the 5-year mark) because I didn’t let up. I didn’t allow failed attempts keep me from aiming for success. I’ve tried multiple types of businesses, products, and services along the way, not really sure what I wanted to do but knew I wanted to have multiple streams of income. I’ve witnessed friends and strangers support each and every last business, some supported the ones that resonated, and some did not support any at all, but I didn’t let that detour me from my goal. Some failed, some I no longer had an interest in and dissolved, but one theme kept being the center of my focus, and that was ‘building community’. It wasn’t until 2016, that the light bulb turned on for me. I had just quite my management position as a liaison/subcontractor with Los Angeles County Probation Department, where I was no longer fulfilled and felt I wasn’t being paid what I was worth, when I realized that my calling was to build up the women around me. Once I became comfortable, more resourced (learning from my boss Eileen Coskey Fracchia along the way in my EA job), and even more knowledgeable I began to build up the women in my community. I made this my main focus, I thought “what is the point of continuing to learn knew skillsets and having all this knowledge if I couldn’t share it with those who needed it most in order for them to grow”. Has it been easy, heck no! It’s never been easy, it still isn’t. It will take time, effort, money (that we sometimes don’t have starting out), and a whole lot of energy, but honestly there is nothing more rewarding than being recognized for something you birthed. You will get a lot of no’s, there will be so many people out there that don’t want to partner with you because they feel you haven’t “made it” yet, I am not that person. I pretty much give everyone a chance, a platform to showcase their talents, products, service and best self. Be it my products or services, I ensure that the ‘experience’ is memorable and impactful. I think that’s why my business ‘The EmPOWERHer Experience’ sustains itself.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The best spots in the city, hmmm? Well, I love creating my own experiences, so I’m an Airbnb fanatic and creating a good time around a pool, hot tub, great views, games, and good vibes. My airbnb “list” is extremely long with great homes to visit in the local areas. They’d have to contact me to get the deets on that. Lol, yes I just plugged my travel agent business. However, some of my favorite spots (because I love brunch) are Pann’s in Inglewood/Ladera Heights, The Waffle on Sunset, Bru’s Wiffle, and Overland Cafe. Of course they’d have to visit Earl’s on Crenshaw, Kobbler King, Dulan’s and all the shops in my neighborhood, the historic Leimert Park. Fiesta Martin in Inglewood has the best drinks and decent food and for the younger crowd, I’d say Hollywood and Universal City Walk. For a quick getaway I would say Catalina Island enjoying the many excursions, good food and drinks on the private beach for a turnaround trip. Los Angeles is under so much development, so there is and will be so much to explore if visiting, but those are just the quick recommendations off the top of my head.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this shout out to all the women who have entrusted in me with their personal growth, professional development, brand/product/service launch, and have allowed me to pour into them all of my personal and professional experience and knowledge. It is because of women like you that I am encouraged to keep going each day, fulfilling my life purpose to climb the ladder and then send it back down, so more Qweens have a relatable source as a motivator to go after their life aspirations. I would also like to shout out the many guest speakers, panelists, entrepreneurs, small business owners, 9-5ers with Side-Hustles, friends, and family who have sponsored/volunteered their time at my many events over the past almost 5 years. It is partnerships, barters, and your unwavering support that has allowed me to host affordable events for women to be empowered, encouraged and given tools to excel on their personal and professional journeys; and for that I am forever grateful.
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